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East Asia and the Pacific World Report (Russ, Lawrence, Simpson, and Dodson 8th Grade): Mr. Simpson's Assignment

Project Details

Each student will choose a topic from the list below.  You will then complete a written report meeting the following criteria:

LENGTH AND FORMAT:  Your report should be approximately 600 words in length, which is around two pages typed, double-spaced.  Typing is required.

SOURCES: You must have at least two sources for your report (maximum one encyclopedia, minimum one non-Internet).  There are no other restrictions on the sources you may use.  You must cite them all using proper MLA format.  DO NOT PLAGIARIZE!!!

CONTENT: You need to develop a thesis statement (like a topic sentence in a paragraph) and include it in the introduction to your paper. You should then organize your paper into three or four body paragraphs, each consisting of a main argument in support of your thesis. Go beyond a simple report on your topic and offer an analysis of how this issue/person/event affects people and nations.  Try to explore the causes and effects, the “why” as well as the “what.”  Make sure that you organize your content and that you follow the rules or grammar and usage we have discussed! You must turn in the OUTLINE/PLANNING SHEET with your written report!

In addition to the written reports, each student will also make an oral presentation to the class.  The oral report should meet the following criteria:

LENGTH: Your presentation should be around three minutes long.  This means that you will need to practice at home to make sure that what you intend to say fits into the allotted time frame!

CONTENT: Much like the written report, provide an overview/summary and also indicate significance/importance.  Organize your material, make an argument, and remember that you are teaching this information to the rest of the class.

PRESENTATION: You should use one 3X5 note card to reference. It is imperative that you practice in order to do this well.

DUE DATE: Friday May 12

TOPICS

Angkor Wat - splendid Buddhist/Hindu monastery in Cambodia, built around 1100

Boxer Rebellion - anti-foreigner rebellion in China around 1900

Confucius - influential Chinese teacher and thinker

Dalai Lama - spiritual and political leader of Tibet

Daoism – influential Chinese philosophy

earthquake/tsunami – Japan quake of March 2011

East Timor – former Indonesian province; newly independent nation

Great Barrier Reef - world’s largest coral reef

Great Wall of China - begun in the 200s BC to protect China’s border (NOT visible from space!)

Ho Chi Minh - communist leader of Vietnam until his death in 1969

Honda, Soichiro - founder of the motor company by the same name

Hong Kong - British crown colony until returned to China in 1997

Huang He Civilization - one of four ancient river civilizations

Khmer Rouge - brutal leaders of Cambodia in the 1970s

Korean War - Cold War conflict from 1950-1953

Mao Zedong - leader of Communist China until his death in 1976

Marcos, Ferdinand - dictator of the Philippines from 1965 to 1986

Mongols - Asian warriors who briefly controlled the world’s largest empire

Opium Wars - series of battles between British and Chinese in mid-1800’s

rice - cultivation and importance of this key Asian crop

samurai - traditional Japanese warrior class

Shintoism - Japanese naturalism/animism

Singapore - history and overview of one of the world’s busiest ports

Suharto, General - longtime dictator of Indonesia

Sun Yat Sen - Chinese Nationalist leader until his death in 1925

Suu Kyi, Daw Aung San - Nobel laureate and activist in Myanmar

Taiping Rebellion – mid-1800s uprising against the Qing led by ‘God’s Chinese Son’

Tet Offensive - 1968 attack during Vietnam War

Tibet - isolated, Buddhist highlands claimed by China

Tiananmen Square - site of 1989 protests; “Gate of Heavenly Peace”

Three Gorges Dam – the world’s largest dam and largest hydroelectric plant

Zen Buddhism – naturalist variation of Buddhism prominent in Japan